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say come here honey, that is not the way you act. and the cobert report, saturday night life they're going to like that. >> sean: good to see you. we're out of time. >> thank you for being with us, greta is next. we'll see you at 9:00 tomorrow night. >> greta: last week, big bird, this week, laughing joe. twitter on fire with joe biden's smirks, sneers and cackle. the twitter handle at laughing joe biden had more than 7,000 followers take a look at the highlights from the biden-ryan faceoff. >> we will find and bring to justice the men who did this. >> it took the president two weeks to acknowledge this was a terrorist attack. he went to the un and in his
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speech he said six times, talk about the you tube video. look. if we're hit by terrorists we're going to call it for what it s a terrorist attack. >> we weren't told they wanted more security there. we did not know. >> there were requests for extra security. those requests were not honored. >> they're pushing continuation of tax cuts giving an additional $500 billion in tax cuts to 120,000 families. and they're holding hostage a middle class tax cut because they say we won't pass and won't continue the middle class tax cut unless you give the tax cut to the super wealthy. it's time they take responsibility. >> do you know what the unemployment rate in scranton is today? >> i sure do. >> 10%. when you came into office it was 8.5% this, is going like this around america. >> that is not how goitsing. >> they talk about the great recession like it fell out of the sky. it came from this man voting
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to put two wars on a credit card at the same time put a prescription drug benefit on a credit card. a trillion dollar tax cut for very wealthy. >> you're going to cut tax rates and preserve for middle class taxpayer. >> it's not mathematically possible. >> it's been done a couple times. >> never been done. >> ronald reagan. >> middle class got knock ond their heels. the great recession crushed them. they need help now. >> next time you hear them say don't worry about it, we'll get wealthy people to pay their fair share. watch out, middle class, the tax bill is coming to you. >> greta: right now gets go to jamesville, wisconsin. his father and -- family and friends gathered to watch. so what did you think? the congressman's brother and sister-in-law, good evening to
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all of you. nice to see you. >> hi, greta. >> hi. >>. >> greta: tobin i've gotten word you just got off the phone and received first phone call and from your brother. what did he have to say? >> this is just like paul. he was interested in how our evening went. and he knew there are four 500 people here supporters with very, very loyal thoughts and he wanted to know our evening went and sure enough, a humble guy. he wanted feed back and i was very proud of him. very pleased with how he performed. >> greta: oakley did you get on the snon. >> no. i let tobin talk to his brother. >> greta: were you nervous oakley leading up to the debate? >> you know the last couple nights, i have been sleeping okay but today was debate day because last night i was out in denver campaigning for the
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romney ryan ticket and i slept about two hours. so i kind of woke up in the morning throughout the -- threw open shades and says it's time. >> murray how about you. was it fun to watch your uncle debating the vice president of the united states? >> it was amazing. we're really proud of him. it's incredible being able to see this guy i'm used to watching packer games with on sunday nights you know being, debating vice president joe biden. it was amazing. >> mack, how about you? what was the best part for you? >> uh, i just love seeing my uncle paul just debating and being himself. i just thought this is the same guy i just grown up seeing w he's just being himself. it was great to see him on tv out there. >> greta: do you think he'd be a good vice president mack? >> i think he's going to be a great one and put the country on the right track.
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>> how about you, maur murray. >> i have to agree with my brother on that one. >> greta: back to you, tobin. what did you think about back and forth? how do you think the vice president treated your brother? >> this was, i kept putting my nefl paul's shoes. because i found it a bit of a odd display of debate tactics and i was really proud of paul continuing to behave the way we were raised and being respectful and trying to create a nice civil conversation so that the public can truly hear each other's perspectives and so i was proud paul didn't sort of fall pray to the tactics of constant interruption and you know, he -- he you know he held himself above the fray in
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that. >> greta: oakley viewers probably don't know this is your first campaign. you and tobin moved back from london years ago to help his first campaign. did you ever think when you came back to launch that first campaign you'd be here tonight watching your brother-in-law? >> no. i absolutely did not. but what was the amazing thing is that tonight we were surrounded, i don't know, 400 or 500 people in the room. and it just felt so amazing to be surrounded by family and friends and i was sitting next to a gentleman who's son is a p friend with my son, they play soccer together. he just leaned over and grabbed my hand and said paul is doing great. we're so proud of him. and i think it summed up what everybody in the room felt. just so proud of paul representing jamesville, so well. >> greta: tobin where is your
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mother tonight? >> she's in kentucky. and she didn't have her phone with her and but someone else sent me an e mail. she wanted to know like paul did, how everybody felt here i'm sure she's beaming with pride tonight. >> greta: oakley did it bother you the smiling twitter universe is alive tonight about, i would say vice president biden supporters passionate about what he did. and a lot of people didn't like that smiling that vice president biden did. did it bother you?. >> greta i like to be positive. so i'll focus on paul. i think paul conducted himself with dignity and respect. and i think what i saw is someone presidential. i'll leave it at that. >> greta: congratulations to you. it's fun to have a family member in the spotlight in an important contest as vice president of the united states. thank you very much. tobin, oakley, mack and
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murray. >> thank you. >> and on the record made a request to attend a reviewing party with vice president biden's family and friends but the request was denied. now, an impact on the race for white house, carl rove will join us. nice to see you, carl. >> nice to see you. >> the debate there are four questions first of which is what did it look like? appearances matter in 1960 doob yait between nixon and kennedy on radio those people picked nixon to win. if you watched on television, you saw kennedy and thought he won because nixon was sweating and nervous looking and grimacing. he may have been sick with the flu at the time. but it matters how you look. tonight i think the thing we're going to remember here skbeekz weeks and talking about years and years still to come is we're going to
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grimacing, condescending weird jo. i don't think i've ever seen anything like this. the only thing close was al gore in 2000. the second thing? n.a debate is what was it about? here, look. joe biden had good good things he did okay on foreign policy and took the democrat line on entitlements but the guy who came across as thoughtful and deep and fluid and respectful was paul ryan. i thought that superb performance on his part tonight. third question is who is this aimed at? joe biden aimed at one group, democrats who were down in the dumps after president obama's performance last week, yin's pitch was to independent voters we've got a plan. we understand the big problems we've got a plan to deal with them. it's common sense that is practical. we share values and view of how things ought to be. we're going to do something about it.
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the final question is, is, what is the impression left by this? what is the, what did this do to the arc of the narrative being built about the debates? joe biden did do good for democratic ticket by making up for some of the absence of energy and focus and aggressive negs on the part of president obama but on the other hand it sort of there by raises a question why did it take the number two guy to do what you expected of the number one guy to do? who would have thought adult in tonight's debate was 27 years younger than his competitor? >> greta: i read your twitter comment. everybody's account tonight to see what people are saying and thinking. let me ask you about the cnn poll. it's sort of interesting. cnn post-debate poll has vice president ryan at 48%. and i mean, rather, representative ryan at 48% and vice president biden at 44%.
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so four percent difference. >> yes. look. most debates are sort of in a middle range. you have partisans lining up on their sides as long as your candidate does well, partisan goes to their corners. you've got 8% undecided that is larger than the group of undecided in this race. what matters here is impressions of the days ahaechld how many times are you going to see grimacing and kbrin something we can have legitimate disagreements about joe biden saying nobody going to lose any medicare coverage and paul ryan says yes you're going to have seeners dropped off. paul ryan says 20 million seniors and there is disagreement that's are going to come out in the wash. two interesting things about
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tonight one has been talked about. it's how joe biden denied administration was told about security concerns then blamed the explanation for benghazi and unwillingness to declare it a terrorist attack as the responsibility of the intelligence agency. this is not going to sit well with a lot of people in washington and further raises a question of what did the administration know? other thing grabbing my ear is something not much attention has been paid to. they got into an exchange about the economy. biden said look. igts in a bad shape because you, paul ryan voted for two wars that were put on a credit card then listed off a number of things then said quote i was there and voted against that. i said we can't afford that. wait a minute. joe biden voted both for auj saigs of the use of force resolution for afghanistan and plus voted for resolution to go to war against iraq.
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tonight on national tv said i voted against that. i said we can't afford that. but wait a minute. he voted in favor of that and both of these things i think are going to come back to haunt him. >> there is a point about libya. what he said about liba. through the state department and intelligence committee under the bus. i'll tell you where we're going see it again that, is at the presidential debate. and there is a lot of criticism of the president he's sort of late to the game in terms of identifying it as terrorism. and now, it turns out tonight as vice president a little bit of a problem with that. i think that is going to come back to haunt him. you talk about smirking and smiling. we're going to see a lot of that. before getting on set tonight, i received what everybody else in the media did. that is the first rnc video. what it does is that says the name of it is it says issues we face are no laughing matter. and so you can be sure that by the time we start our news
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cycle we're going to have back to back snippets of the vice president laughing at very important, you know, serious matters so that is going to be a huge part of the narrative come sun rise tomorrow. >> yes. this is a great material for saturday night life. and for -- live and internet. we're getting an increasing amount of information from the internet. 2008 more people said they got more information about the election from the internet than daily newspapers those smirks and quirky grimaces and the sort of exaggerated gestures were great fodder for the internet. i've retweeted the link to that video it's a good video. it's pretty amazing how often he was interrupting and laughing and smiling and grimmasing and grinning. it's almost like joker juice was in the water he had there. on the stage. >> greta: full disclosure i've posted without watching it on
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greta one of my colleagues take a look to make sure it's not something off the charts but came from rnc. i figured just a competitive ad. it's posted on greta already. karl, thank you. >> you bet. thanks greta. >> greta: straight ahead, pat buchanan. we're going to ask about the campaign blaming it on rove romney. >> we're going in the wrong direction. look at where we are. the economy is barely limping along. growing at 1.p%. sqlor than last year, last year was slower than the year before. job growth in september slower than in august. august slower than in july. we're heading in the wrong direction.
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you have a president who ran for president four years ago promising home and -- hope and change now turning a campaign into flame. new zrobt a good record to run on you paint paint your opponent as someone to run from that is what obama said in 2008 it's what he's doing now. >> greta: you thought the obama administration's response couldn't get any
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worse you would be wrong. the obama campaign just made things really bad. how? what the deputy champagne manager stephanie cutter blaming governor romney for turning tragedy into politics. >> we're here in a debate. and i hope we get to talk about the debate. the eastbound entire reason this has become the political topic it is because of mitt romney and paul ryan. it's a big part of the stump speech. it's reckless and irresponsible. >> the romney campaign says the obama campaign is wrong. in a statement the campaign said the reason it is an issue because for the first time since 1979 an american ambassador was assassinated and president obama's strategy is failing. former senior advisor to president reagan joins us. your thoughts about what stephanie cutter said? >> i think it's nonsense.
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this was the worst terrorist attack since september 11th. gangs of dozens of men with ak 47s and rocket propelled grenades and mortarred attacked and murdered ambassador, then a safe house, some guys got away and reported it that night. it may have been in realtime. this was a terrorist attack. and the ambassador is dead. and then, to have five days later our un ambassador say on five stations that this was a spontaneous attack that came out of a sort of a protest over some video made in california? now, either she was misinformed or misinformed us. i mean, greta, i've been in communications you don't get on five shows unless the administration or straight that had and they put you out there with a message to send. now, tonight the vice president said we spoke up about the best intelligence we
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had at the time. but in the intelligence community people in the next day said it was a terrorist attack. i i think that the vice president is going to make news out of this because it's going to be followed up by congressmen and journalists. >> i think it's -- interesting that the obama campaign has been using the l word against romney that he's a liar and dragging heels on getting facts out of this. one of the things she said tonight, i think she's a smart woman. i don't think this was accidental. she said congressman ryan ask republican allies turned a national tragedy into a political circus. the circus because of the misinformation coming out of the white house. then she goes on the president has been focused on getting the facts which is exactly not what's happening because the president has been resisting facts even a week later going on david letterman and still pushing a you tube video thing. everybody and his brother knew
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this was not a you tube video. the state department says there are no prettiest goesing on outside benghazi consulate saying waits normal and calm. people focused on getting facts she says the presz has been. >> there was no protest. there was no video. involved in any protest. >> greta: why did they do? >> who would tell un ambassador to say five days later it was a protest over a video that caused this whole spontaneous thing? when that didn't happen. where did they get misinformation? and who told her to go out to say these things? >> greta: why would she? why would she do it? >> i think there is only one of -- i'll tell you y first she volunteered to do it. my guess was asked and said okay. i'll do it. this is what i'll say. who told her to say that? when there is no intelligence true intelligence that that is
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what happened. >> greta: state department says this didn't happen. white house pushes this out as a you tube very. what was motive? >> joe biden said intelligence, we're all of our people went out and said these things based it on intelligence we were receiving at the time. in other words threw intelligence community under the bus and said top intelligence guys on clapper shop, state and all of the rest of the them this is and this wasn't our fault. >> and there is testimony in the hearing one member in the state department says night it happened that first heard everything calm at 8:30 p.m. am was door walked outside said goodbye to a turkish diplomat. an explosion at the gate. then they had phone calls to the state department in realtime they're making phone calls state department well aware of what is going on. has there been protests state department would have heard about it.
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it's -- this is not, they knew it. >> there is one of two explanations. one is utter incompetence in getting intelligence to the people or second thing is deceit. >> greta: you can't be incompetent on this, there is never anything to sort of -- keep your eyes on. >> they did have intelligence and put out a false story. they're deceiving and lying to american people. >> greta: why? why? >> only reason i can understand they would do that this is why you send someone out. this is surmise on my part sthau send her out there we've got an excellent record on terror. we've got bin laden. this can't be a terrorist attack. we don't want to have a successful terrorist attack on our watch with gangs p people shooting them up. we didn't provide security. this is what it came out of. this is what we think it was. get past it. get past november. >> greta: let me add fuel to the theory there. is testimony is that al qaeda
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is a and well in libya. and that it's growing that is something that does not fit into the narrative of what has been said. where president said... >> al yaed is alive in libya and yemen alive in iraq. it's alive in syria. i mean these places this is where ryan is correct tonight. you see an unraveling of the foreign policy of united states because the cancer we did contain in afghanistan has grown all over the near east and middle east and north africa. >> greta: will be interesting to see when we have this for onpolicy debate what the president has to say about this. >> thank you. >> greta: straight head congressman paul ryan known for economic wizardry. how did he go against vice president biden? next. >> we've got to tackle this debt crisis before it tackles us. the president likes to say he
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only way you can five $5 trillion in loopholes is cut the mortgage deduction for middle class people take away ability to get a tax break to send their kids to college. >> he's wrong about that. there are, you can cut tax rates by 20% and still preserve these for middle class taxpayers. it's within done before. and it has never been done before. >> it's been done a couple of times. jack kennedy lowered tax rates and increased growth. >> now you're jack kennedy? >> and that is what most americans care about. and the former chairman of the council of economic advisors. nice to see you, austin. >> thank you, kbreta. >> greta: at the time tel me. were you surprised unemployment rate went down to
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7.8%? is that a surprise. >> yes. it was a, if you look at data looks like it was an outlier there is a lot of variables on the numbers and it's bigger than i thought it would be. >> greta: is a number you're confident of? though you're surprised?. >> i would probably say some component of statistics. i won't be surprise fd it ticks up a little bit next month. the survey of people which is what the unemployment rate comes from has a job creation margin of error plus or minus 400,000 per month. anyone as i say, every month take a three-month average if you want to know how the job market is doing. >> greta: let me ask you about a three month average. this is what i said tonight.
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he said job growth in slept slower than in august. he said august slower than job growth in july. does that mean we should expect job growth in october will be slower and more grim news on the horizon? or not? >> i don't think so. and as you go looking at those, that is a heavily parse statement. i think that is before there are revisions and that gets resized and they were up for the previous month. and so i think if congressman ryan's point is that the job market is not moving yes. that is true. i mean, the private sector added over 2 and a half years about five million jobs that set up a pace is okay but not that great that.
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reflects the fact that the economy is growing at a modest pace. the thing hard here is that as modest as growth as been in the u.s. that is the fastest growth in the advanced world. so the world economy is in a tough spot. we're all struggling trying to get out of it. >> greta: and the republicans always say and tell me if this is wrong, is there a risk it will be stalled or slow fd taxes are raised on the rich? is that true? >> i don't think that is true. there are massive amounts of economic research on the data on that question. and most all of that research does not suggest that high income tax rates have an especially big impact on the growth rate in the u.s.. if you just take a step back and say okay, the first three
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quarters or so of the reagan administration is 50%. we've grown substantially. clinton raises the rate at the top. and we're still growing. and those kinds of anecdotes is growth rate in top tax rates are unkorel yaited so i think that this is a way overstatement. and using that to say tax cuts goring to pay for themselves there is evidence that that is not the case. >> thank you. nice to see you. >> great to see you again. >> and up next our political panel. we're going to ask about smiles, sneers and substance. stay where you are. >> he sent me two letters saying by the way, can you send me some stimulus opinion for companies here in the state of wisconsin? we sent millions of dollars. >> sure.
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>> greta: how well did vice president biden do? our panel is here in 60 seconds. first, marianne rafferty. >> reporter: turkey is saying fighter jets were carrying ammunition. syria denies there was anything illegal but according to -- the plane allowed to continue to syria but without cargo. and the cdc now saying it's
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tracked down a majority of the 14,000 people who nay mai have received tainted steroid shots. the agency says the patients who received injections for back pain but be monitored for months for symptoms of a deadly fungal meningitis. so far the outbreak sickened 170 people and 14 of them have died. now, back to greta. >> and here is what we're saying. give younger people when they become eligible, guaranteed coverage options. that you can't be denied including traditional medicare. choose the plan. medicare subsidizes your premiums. more coverage for middle income people and out toetal for poor and sick. choice and competition. we'd rather have 50 million future seniors determine how their medicare is delivered to them. >> i heard that death pan
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argument from sara palin. i hear this stuff about panel. >> greta: two different men who want the same job. joe biden and paul ryan auditioning for the undecided vote. how did each do? joining us is byron york and sam youngman happens to be from kentucky and works for routers and amy stod yard from the hill. byron, thoughts about the debate tonight? >> well, i think there is a two ways to judge this debate tonight. there is a debate on the substance you that might get if you read the transcript and who did the best on one subject i a tie. i thought paul ryan won on libya and taxes and i thought joe biden won on medicare and afghanistan. i think that is overshadowed by joe biden's demeanor. and democrats later said no. no. he was passionate and a
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happy warrior. and republicans said no. he was terribly rude. i think people goring to watch, view this debate through their own impregs of the vice president's demeanor. >> greta: amy, in looking at vice president biden, i wonder do you have a thought what the independent undecided thing? do you think they think this is a guy who is passionate and a warrior. and he's fighting for me. fighting for my ideals i really like him. or do you think he's a bully? sneering and not likeable? >> i think if you're an uncommitted voter tonight and you're not swayed by romney's performance last week and you're still after all of these months an uncommitted voter you don't like them. ask you're over joe biden. so he didn't tell you. might have turned you off. you're probably already turned off. i don't know ryan sold you. so if you're still unkpit committed think tonight is a
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draw for democrats he brought the fight and made them feel better, yin had a terrific night no. mistakes and a credible candidate. someone could be president. i they did very well for goals in mind. biden did not emulate. that was a big concern for the team. >> and there are two snap shots polls one by cnn where he is 48%. and vice president biden is four points beneath him there is a poll 56% and 36%, l% saying neither. and stunning numbers and your thought about tonight's vote? the debate? >> there is a lot of fun to begin w joe biden at his best tonight playing politics.
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he had a mission to land hay makers. he wanted to rattle paul ryan. i think joe biden won this debate. i don't think paul yin lost it. and i thought that paul ryan held his own against someone doing this about 100 years. >> and these poll numbers are they interesting and fun to look at? >> there is taking us a while is that it takes a while to figure out, and this is to figure out what happened. i know obama campaign people are adjusting after denver paying a lot of attention to swing states. and said what are people in colorado thinking about this and people in virginia and
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virginia. he said issue as side he said people got a clear choice on medicare and social security and abortion and other issues. >> and there is what joe biden is doing is bucking up democrats. if independents aren't decided at this point they're probably watching a baseball game tonight. democratsed a terrible week. they've been panicked and what they needed is someone throwing a punch. i think they got that in joe biden tonight. >> there is another segment ahead. straight head there is no doubt about the obama administration did mess up on response to the libya attack. but did the campaign just make things worse? next. stay tuned. >> if we're hit by terrorists call it a terrorist attack. our ambassador is paris has a marine detachment guarding him. shouldn't we have one guarding
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our ambassador in again gazy? a place we knew there is an al qaeda cell with arms?
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we did not know they wanted more security. and by the way, at the time, we were told exactly we said
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exactly what the intelligence community told us they knew. that was the assessment. as intelligence changed their view we made it clear they changed their view. that is why i said we'll get to the bottom of this. >> greta: just when you thought it couldn't get worse, it might have. the obama administration spending weeks blaming a you tube video for a september 11th terrorist attack in liba. now, who is the obama campaign blaming for fallout? governor romney and congressman ryan. >> you know, in terms of the political saigs of this we're here at a debate. but the entire reason that this has become the you know political topic it is is because of mitt romney and paul ryan. it's a big part of their stump speech. it's reckless and irresponsible. >> greta: what about at ab? you've got sound byte of the vice president and the sound byte of stephanie cutter.
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the vice president seems to have his facts fuzzy z stephanie blaming romney. >> the administration has a problem with the libya story. everyone knows what happened and everyone read all of the accounts, these conflicting accounts and they vai problem with this. and they need to know it. they need to figure this out. and if biden says something today that turns out to be, can be proven wrong in the next couple days that actually divides president and president knew their requests for more security from benghazi to the state department and they're turned down, they knew it all along. that is going to be a huge problem. but this story is a huge problem if that is never determined and if he hasn't made a comment tonight. they need, president obama needs to come up with a straight answer that makes sense. before he is asked bit. he will be. next tuesday and the following week on the 22nd.
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>> your thoughts on the problem this political aspect of it? >> i thought that moment was the worst. the weakest moment for joe biden in the debate. he said we just didn't know. we didn't know there has been this request from people on the ground in libya. and suggested they didn't know that it wasn't the movie when they're out there claiming the violence was a reaction to the video. so i thought this is just weakest moment and talking to democratic spinners afterwards, they didn't have a very good defense of this. they just said well, we don't know what anyone knew at this point. and we're taking vice president's word for it. >> do you have any information? i still can't figure out why the white house has been pushing this video. now they're packing up. and vice president biden blaming others and saying they didn't have information but what -- why have they been unwilling to confront this one to get it straight?
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>> this is because we're 27 days out from election. it's not an easy answer for them. what you heard stephanie cutter do today is go back to trying to put this on the romney ryan ticket for a response and saying look they're just trying to political size a dark day in america. >> and this she's politicizing their blunder. saying we didn't do anything wrong, if these horrible republicans who asked a question about it. she's politicizing it. >> they would point to the first press release that came out from governor romney the day of the attacks and say that look. his first instinct to blame the president not blame -- whoever the white house is now saying that you know, is causing attacks. the simple truth is that the
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white house zrnt a good answer for this. if he they did, we'd have heard it by now. >>. >> greta: this turned out they committed a blunder trying to unwind what happened. panel, thank you. >>. >> greta: coming up a moment in the debate and both sides of the political aisle. what was the joke? you'll hear it, next. look at those toys. insurance must be expensive.
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nah. [ dennis' voice ] i bet he's got an astate agent. they can save you up to 30% more by bundling your polies. well his dog's stupid. [ dennis' voice ] poodles are one of the world's smartest breeds. are you in good hands? >> with respect to that quote, i think the vice-president very well know, times sometime the words don't come out of your mouth quite the right way. >> but i always say what i mean -- so does romney.
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